Jason Segel is one of those actors that can really do no wrong in my book and I’ve enjoyed his presence in each movie I’ve seen him in. Ignoring the marketing (it’s usually a bad sign if a movie poster states “From the producer of…” as that says nothing about the quality of this movie) I was looking forward to seeing this movie.
The title really is the perfect description for the movie. Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) have been together for a year when he decides to ask her to marry her. They start with their wedding plans, but because of various circumstances they keep delaying it. One of those things is the chance for Violet to work at the University of Michigan for two years, which means Tom has to give up his job as succesful chef at an expensive restaurant. It results in big changes for both of them.
At 124 minutes this is a long comedy, which some might feel is stretching it a bit too much. I personally didn’t mind as the jokes keep coming in fast (except when the drama sets in (which of course is needed in these type of romantic comedies)) and the chemistry between Segel and Blunt feels genuine. The co-workers Blunt’s character works with are very funny (they have some of my favorite moments) and the situations the two lovers end up in are sometimes very surprising. The Five Year Engagement was very enjoyable.